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Old 09-15-2004, 12:48 AM   #1
Almazick
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Why Linux is slower than Windows


I'm just curious. I installed Mandrake 10 KDE on 2 computers and it seems to be a lot slower than Windows XP or 2000. For example Internet browser seems to be a lot slower. Menu's is way way slower. Everything seems to be slow. Specs for the systems
P2 300 mhz and AMD 2100
128mb RAM and 630mb RAM
2mb Video card and 16mb Banshee video card/256 Nvidia
Windows 2000 and Windows XP

All hardwares are working with no problems. I'm using native linux drivers except for network card.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 01:20 AM   #2
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it really depends on the window manager you're using. you're probably using the kde desktop environment, which is extremely bloated and slow. that's why i don't use it.

i play around with old computers and it's my experience that with a light window manager and browser, the system is much faster than windows, especially xp.

btw, why is this a member success story?
 
Old 09-15-2004, 01:30 AM   #3
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What kind of window manager are you using? By the time I realized I posted in a wrong forum there was no way to go back because you can't delete once you make a post
 
Old 09-15-2004, 01:32 AM   #4
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the most popular lightweight window managers are fluxbox and blackbox. they're both pretty similar, but blackbox is lighter. check out this site for more info on window managers: http://xwinman.org/.

i personally would use either of the two i mentioned, but you should explore a little more to find the one that best suits your needs.

Last edited by sether; 09-15-2004 at 01:34 AM.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 01:35 AM   #5
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If you determine that you have posted in the wrong forum, please click on the "Report this post to a moderator" link, and ask that the thread be moved to the appropriate forum (which in this case would be "General") That's all there is to it.

FYI - This post has been flagged. -- J.W.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 03:09 AM   #6
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Use command line it is stronger than that of any other os and faster too
Forget gui it is of very less importance.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 03:25 AM   #7
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yes, i'd have to agree with vinu_shu, but as Almazick seems familiar with windows, it would be good to go with at least fluxbox or something just to be more comfortable.
 
Old 09-15-2004, 08:20 PM   #8
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CLI is cool. I would choose CLI anytime over GUI. Though, when I surf the web I just need a graphical browser. I'm not all that weird to use lynx...
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:33 AM   #9
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its because of mandrake, and kde.

i use yoper with xfce4. possibly the fastest OS that runs on this computer.

check out yoper yoper.com

and then once its installed, do

su
apt-get update
apt-get install xfce

then logout, and choose xfce as WM. it takes a little getting used to but its awesome. and its not as user unfriendly as fluxbox(dont get me wrong, i love fluxbox. but there really isnt any speed diff as both are extremely fast. xfce looks much better though)
 
Old 09-16-2004, 12:49 AM   #10
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It is not. Your hardware is old. I have Slack running on a 350mghz amd with 384 mb ram and cheesy video card and it runs just fine. There is no way windows XP would run on that system at all, Win98 barely ran on it.
 
Old 09-20-2004, 11:32 AM   #11
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I used to wonder the same thing, but it really comes down to how companies/developers release their distros. Take a big, easy distro like mandrake, for example. In order to make mandrake easy to use and more likely to work in the hands of a newb, lots and lots of services and options and eye candy are enabled by default. This makes for a distro that can do everything, but really slowly. Kinda like windows. The real strength of linux is the ability to customize and streamline your box. Not networking with a windows box? Turn off samba. Not going online at all? Turn off the internet daemon. And while you're at it, turn off your telnet service, vnc, mgetty, customize your kernel to your exact system specs, find a fast, yet cool looking desktop that works well, and watch your p-2 fly like never before.
 
Old 09-20-2004, 05:39 PM   #12
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I have mandrake 9.2 and KDE running fine on a pentium 150 with 64meg ram. It has all unecessary services turned off and no extra eye candy like fancy textures or backgrounds - and best if only running 2 - 3 apps

It works well and runs mozilla and kmail and will run frozen-bubble or klondike at the same time.

IMO there is no way a p2-300 could be too slow if the install is configured correctly for the hardware - and it would fly with a lighter wm... I have run mandrake and KDE on all sorts of boxes, p150, p2-333, p3-450-700, as well as current boxes...
 
Old 09-21-2004, 01:06 PM   #13
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Remember, a window manager is always going to be faster than a complete, fully bloated desktop environment. However, this doesn't mean KDE/Gnome should slow to a crawl. I wouldn't use KDE if it were a slow DE.

Also, if you choose something precompiled, remember that it's not optimized for your system which can in turn reduce performance.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 02:11 PM   #14
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My system is relatively new - P4 2.8 GHz - but I'm only running 128 mb RAM - needless to say, my processor carries me. I run KDE, Mandy 10, and it flies. OOo runs a little slower - but that's expected.
 
Old 09-21-2004, 05:48 PM   #15
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scuzz, 256mb ram is 25 bucks dude.
 
  


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